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New Online Journal "Transnational Social Review - A Social Work Journal" (TSR)

Academic journal on the subject of social work in a transnational perspective

Started by academics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with the University of Hildesheim Foundation, the first edition of the new journal "Transnational Social Review - A Social Work" (TSR) has just been published. TSR provides an international forum for the discussion of social work and related disciplines from a transnational perspective and is thus responding to the new challenges arising from the growing influence of transnational social, political, economic, and cultural processes and structures that are impacting on social work.

The journal will appear twice a year and is managed by an international team of editors and advisory board members at Barbara Budrich Publishers. Professor Dr. Cornelia Schweppe is the journal's editor-in-chief, Claudia Olivier is the journal's managing editor; both are from the Institute of Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

TSR meets the requirements of the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). All articles undergo rigorous peer-reviews, based on initial editor screening and anonymous reviews by two or more referees to guarantee the high quality of the journal. TSR is also available in printed form on request. English is the predominant language of the journal but the fact that it is published online also makes it possible to publish contributions in the language in which they were originally written.

Each issue consists of a cluster of articles on a specific topic as well as general articles and book reviews. The online version additionally includes an open-access section "Mapping Transnationalism" of brief, up-to-date reports on research, teaching, social policies, and practices concerning the transnational worlds of social work.

This first issue of TSR focuses on "The Transnational Organization of Care." The next focused topics will be: "Researching Transnationalism in Social Work," "Transnational Social Networks," and "Transnational Aging." "We are pleased to provide with TSR a forum for discussion, debate, and the refinement of key ideas in the emerging field of transnational social work," say Schweppe and Olivier. The current issue is available under: http://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/tsr/issue/current.

The journal is a project of the International Research Cluster Transnational Social Support, which is based at the Institute of Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Institute of Social Work and Organization Studies at the University of Hildesheim Foundation. Professors and doctoral students from various academic disciplines are working in close cooperation with scholars from Canada, Taiwan, Australia, Germany, and the USA in this new research field. One element within the cluster is the Research Training Group 1474 "Transnational Social Support," which was set up in 2008 with the financial support of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG). A conference has been held every year since 2008 to discuss the current status of research.

idw :: 09.01.2012